November 3, 1998
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Its tournament time and the Buckeyes (11-7-1) open the first round of play as the No. 7 seed against No. 2 Wisconsin (10-6-2). OSU has never won a conference tournament match, but is 5-1-1 in its last seven games, the hottest streak since a 5-0 start to the season.
ABOUT THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT The 1998 womens soccer championship will be held at Penn State at University Park, Pa. Matches will be played at PSUs Jeffrey Field and Lady Lion Field. The Championship match will be held at Jeffrey Field. The natural grass facility seats 3,500 and is located behind Beaver Field (baseball and adjacent to Beaver Stadium (football).
TRAVEL INFORMATION The Buckeyes will depart the Biggs Athletic Complex, Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. Estimated time of arrival at University Park is 9 p.m.
THE BUCKS ON THE ROAD Ohio State will stay at the State College Ramada Inn (814) 238-3001. The address is 1450 S. Atheron St. (814 238-3001).
ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS Christy Calloway will represent the Athletic Communications office on the road. Please contact her at the hotel for any interview requests or information regarding the Ohio State womens soccer team.
PRACTICE AND BANQUET OSU is scheduled to practice Thursday at 10 a.m. at Jeffrey Field. The tournament reception and banquet will be Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by a coaches meeting.
BIG TEN TICKET INFORMATION Tickets will be sold at the gate each day, beginning one hour prior to the start of the first game. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students, youth and seniors citizens.
ADDITIONAL BIG TEN INFORMATION Visit the Penn State web site for additional Big Ten womens soccer championship information at www.psu.edu/sports/
TOURNAMENT CYBERCAST For fans unable to attend the tournament, every match will be broadcasted live on the world wide web on the internet at bigtenchampionships.com.
TELEVISED CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH Fox Sports Chicago will televise the championship match on a tape delayed broadcast throughout the Midwest, airing on Monday, Nov. 9. PSU SPORTS INFORMATION The sports information director for the Big Ten Tournament is Cathy Bongiovi. Please contact her with questions regarding the tournament.
MEDIA TENT Jeffrey Field has a tarp-covered press area (no electricity). A media tent with game notes/guides/results, etc., will be located behind the East stands. Media needing to file may utilize phone lines in the sports information office in 101 Bryce Jordan Center (across the street from Jeffrey Field).
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE Quarterfinals, Friday, Nov. 6 #1 PSU vs. #8 ILL 11 a.m. @ #4 NU vs. #5 MICH 11:30 a.m. ! #2 WIS vs. #7 OSU 1:30 p.m. @ #3 IND vs. #6 MINN 2 p.m. !
Semifinals, Saturday, Nov. 7 Winners of games 1&2 Noon @ Winners of games 3&4 3 p.m. @
Final, Sunday, Nov. 8 Championship Match Noon @ @ match played at Jeffrey Field ! match played at Lady Lion Field
OSU VS. WISCONSIN Ohio State has never beaten Wisconsin and the two teams played to a 0-0 draw in double overtime this year. The Badgers lead the all-time series 5-0-1 and have outscored the Buckeyes 11-3 in the six meetings.
SCOUTING THE BADGERS Wisconsin has been stagnant toward the end of the season, closing out the final six games at 2-2-2. Maria DeGiovanni leads the team for scoring with 18 points (6G, 6A) followed by Allison Wagner (7G, 3A-17P) and Lindsay Hoelter (3G, 10A-16P). Goalkeeper Briget Schwarting leads the Big Ten for shutouts with 9.5, but has also given up 22 goals for a 1.21 goals against average.
OSUS PROBABLE STARTERS Keeper 1 Amber Barnes Sweeper 10 Maria Jimenez Right Back 24 Elisa Hamilton Center Back 4 Mandy Blackwell Left Back 3 Amanda Orr Right Flank 18 Emily Thorpe Center Mid 15 Katie Martorella Center Mid 11 Becky Borchers Left Flank 19 Katy Traeger Striker 6 Melanie Vierling Striker 7 Courtney Nein
GREAT LAKES RANKINGS 1. Notre Dame 16-2-1 2. Northwestern 14-3-1 3. Wisconsin 11-4-1 4. Michigan 12-5-1 5. Indiana 13-6-0 6. Minnesota 13-5-0 7. Kentucky 8-7-3 8. Marquette 13-5-1 9. Ohio State 11-7-1 10. Wisconsin-MIL 10-5-2
YOUTH MOVEMENT Seven true freshmen have started for the Buckeyes this season and three have played all 19 matches (Elisa Hamilton, Courtney Nein and Melanie Vierling). Emily Thorpe has played in 18 matches, missing one due to injury.
TEAM RECORDS FOR 1998 SQUAD The 1998 team tied the season record for consecutive wins with five and is currently tied for fewest losses with seven. The squad broke the season mark for consecutive shutout with five and eclipsed the mark for most shutouts with eight. OSU also set a new mark for penalty kicks attempted and penalty kicks made with two this season.
GAME WINNERS FOR BORCHERS Senior midfielder Becky Borchers has netted four game-winning goals on the year and has posted two multiple goal games this season (vs. Michigan State and Arkansas).
SENIOR IS ON FIRE Borchers has scored at least one point in the last four matches, recording four goals and two assists over the past two weeks. She is averaging 1.11 points per game in 1998.
BARNES MAKES TEAM OF THE WEEK Sophomore goalkeeper Amber Barnes was named to Soccer Americs Team of the Week after shutting out both Wisconsin and Northwestern, vaulting the Buckeyes into the Big Ten tournament. She is the first Buckeye to be selected to the national publicaions weekly ledger.
BORCHERS AND THE RECORD BOOK With nine goals this year, Borchers is tied for third for the season goals mark and is in fourth for career goals with 21. She has moved into second for career assists with 11 and is fourth for career points with 53. Her 175 shots is fourth on the career ledger.
BARNES KNOWS RECORDS TOO Barnes has established two school records this season. Her eight shutouts is best for a season mark and she set the mark for consecutive shutouts with five.
OSUS TOURNAMENT WOES The Bucleyes are 0-4 for Big Ten Conference tournament matches. OSU lost to Minnesota 3-1 in 1994, Indiana 3-1 in 1995, Michigan 2-1 in 1996 and the Wolverines again 3-0 in 1997.
VIERLING PACKS A PUNCH True freshman Vierling has recorded 15 points in 19 matches this year, second behid Borchers for the team lead. Like Borchers, she has netted two goals in a game twice this season.